Norfolk State Observes Constitution Day 2015


President Moore, Morales, Dr. DeLoatch and Dr. de Laforcade

Thirty-nine men, delegates to the Constitutional Convention, met for the last time to sign the document they had created . . . the U.S. Constitution . . . signed, sealed and delivered September 17, 1787. NSU joined a host of the nation’s colleges and universities to observe Constitution Day 2015 September 15 in the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. More than 300 students, faculty, administrators and guests turned out for the event. The keynote speaker was Stephanie N. Morales ’04, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Portsmouth. Morales earned her bachelor’s degree at Norfolk State, graduating Magna Cum Laude. After obtaining her B.A., Morales entered the College of William & Mary School of Law, where she received a Juris Doctor. Morales told the gathering, “Be active in the political process. Know what your rights are . . . the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.” She also said that Constitution Day is also called Citizenship Day in some areas and cautioned, “Pay attention to the company you keep. Pay attention to your relationships. Be a good citizen.”

The U.S. Constitution is the oldest document of its kind in the world. “It was born of serious debate and serious flaws because it left the issue of slavery unresolved,” said Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade, director of International Studies, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. “It’s a living document and we are charged to be good stewards.”


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